Thorough Examination and Testing of Lifts

The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) introduced new requirements for the safe provision and use of lifting equipment, requiring them to be thoroughly examined by a competent person at regular intervals.

Lift owners or someone responsible for the safe operation of a lift used at work, such as a Facilities Manager or Supervisor, are deemed as the ‘dutyholder’ under LOLER and have a legal responsibility to ensure that the lift is thoroughly examined and that it is safe to use.

As dutyholders, they are legally responsible for ensuring that the lift is safe to use and that it is thoroughly examined.

Dutyholder responsibilities include:

  • Maintaining the lift so that it is safe to use
  • Selecting and instructing the competent person
  • Ensuring that the lift is examined at statutory intervals (every 6 or 12 months) or in accordance with an examination scheme drawn up by a competent person
  • Keeping the competent person informed of any changes in the lift operating conditions which may affect the risk assessment
  • Making relevant documentation available to the competent person, e.g. maintenance records, manufacturers instructions

Thorough examination may act as a check that maintenance is being carried out properly, but is not intended to replace it.

Thorough examination should include the following:

  • Landing and car doors and their interlocks
  • Worm and other gearing
  • Main drive system components
  • Governors
  • Safety gear
  • Suspension ropes and chains
  • Overload detection devices; electrical devices (including earth bonding, safety devices, etc)
  • Braking systems (including buffers and overspeed devices) and hydraulics

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